Elijah McGuire

23 December 1808–13 September 1896 (Age 87)
Tazewell, Virginia, United States

The Life of Elijah

When Elijah McGuire was born on 23 December 1808, in Tazewell, Virginia, United States, his father, William Joseph McGuire, was 29 and his mother, Margaret Brown, was 24. He married Elizabeth Claypool on 5 January 1832, in Tazewell, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Maiden Spring, Tazewell, Virginia, United States for about 10 years. He died on 13 September 1896, in Cedar Bluff, Tazewell, Virginia, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Tazewell, Virginia, United States.

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Elijah McGuire
Elizabeth Claypool
Marriage: 5 January 1832
Patton McGuire
Caroline S McGuire
Jeremiah Marion McGuire
William Floyd McGuire
Louisa McGuire

Spouse and Children

5 January 1832
Tazewell, Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 4

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 4

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 24

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Uidhir ‘son of Odhar’, a byname meaning ‘sallow’. This was the name of the ruling family of Fermanagh from the 13th–17th centuries.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Elijah McGuire, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Elijah Mc Guire, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Elijah McGuire, "United States Census, 1870"

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